Georgia High School Water Polo Association
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- 2/11/15: Reminder: The league's 2015 Spring
Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 28th at GAC at 9:00a. Additional details about the meeting will be released soon.
- 2/7/15: USA Water Polo (USAWP) finalized rosters for the
Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams in the Southeast Zone. ODP exists to identify and prepare athletes to
represent USAWP in international competition and expose, educate, engage and develop USAWP athletes, coaches and
referees to the vision of the USAWP Men’s and Women’s Senior National Team Coaches.
A record ten middle and high school-aged water polo players from the state of Georgia are included on Southeast Zone
ODP rosters. These ten players (4 boys, 6 girls) represent four Georgia High School Water Polo Association teams.
All ten play club water polo for Dynamo Water Polo Club
in Atlanta, GA.
The ten young Georgians join teammates from across the zone (FL, GA, SC, NC, TN, AL) for a training session on Feb.
22nd at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton Fl. ODP teams from across the country travel to Riverside, CA to
compete in the USA Water Polo ODP National Championship tournament the weekends of 27 Feb - 1 March (Boys) and
March 13-15 (Girls).
Based on National Team coach evaluations, select individuals at the ODP National Championship earn spots at the
USA Water Polo National Team Selection Camps (NTSC) later in the spring. Perry Brandes (Center Defense; St.
Pius X) and Erin Cunefare (Utility, Lakeside; now plays women’s varsity at California Lutheran University) were
the two 2014 NTSC participants from Georgia.
Monica Szalma, ODP coach for Georgia, shared her thoughts on the bumper crop of Georgians: "This year's USA Water
Polo ODP cycle was conducted in a new format which made it highly more competitive than in the past. The Southeast
Zone team selections will experience a valuable chance to compete in California against top players from around
the country. They will also bring back their experiences to their high school programs and share their new found
knowledge. I am excited about where Georgia age group water polo is going, and ODP participation is a great
first step towards achieving our goals."
GIRLS Junior 1997/1998 (Birth year)
Ciara Sadaka, Center Defense, Pace (coed) / APS Knights (girls)
Jess Hume, Attack, APS Knights
Sloan Hodges, Utility, APS Knights
GIRLS Youth 1999/2000
Hannah Farnsworth, Utility, St. Pius X
GIRLS Youth 2001 and Under
Isabella Nunez, Attack, Lakeside
Caroline Benoit, Utility, St. Pius X
BOYS Junior 1997/1998
Perry Brandes, Center Defense, St. Pius X
Phillip Jenny, Attack, Collins Hill
Jordan Chatfield, Attack, St. Pius X
BOYS Youth 1999/2000
George Kimbrough, Center/Utility, APS Knights
For more about the Dynamo Water Polo Club: dynamowaterpolo.com. For more
information about the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program:
- 2/6/15: Teams are encouraged to harness the power of Twitter: The easiest and fastest way to
promote your team, your athletes and your team's accomplishments is through a team Twitter account.
Once established, tweet immediate content, like behind-the-scenes photos or unofficial game results, and get
retweets from the GHSWPA, from your school
or maybe even from your local news agency. Your team Twitter account will be listed as part of the
contact information for your team on the league website, and could possibly be used by those outside of the
league seeking to learn more about your team or your athletes.
After a full season of using Twitter in 2014, the league has experienced Twitter's benefits firsthand. We are hoping
that each team will join us in the Twitter-verse in 2015.
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